Here is what Jack from California had to say about our Kilimanjaro/Mt. Kenya/Safari:
"The leaders made considerable efforts to insure a great climb on Kenya and memorable trekking of the Circuit Route around the massif. Climbing guides especially were all amazing in knowledge of mountain craft, experience and patience.
I was able to make the summit in the company of clients and guides from all over the world; Canada, Germany, Holland, Kenya and the US. The backgrounds among all the people here are equally as varied and interesting."
Here is what Nicola from Australia, now living in London, had to say:
"It was an amazing time, one I do not wish to forget in a hurry. Words cannot describe my experience in Africa. I thought the other team members were great and everyone seemed to really enjoy the safari."
Here is what Sylvia from Victoria, Canada, had to say:
"Thank you for a very enjoyable and successful trip. I think it was really good."
Here is what Paul from Chicago, had to say:
"I had a great time and the trip was awesome."
Here is what Cheryl from Vancouver, had to say:
"I really enjoyed it. I am very glad that we had the chance to stay on Mt. Kenya. The trek and time spent there was amazing."
Here is what Wayne from Vancouver had to say:
"The trip was really very well done and I commend SummitClimb on the flexiblility they are able to bring, allowing people to all try to reach their goals in their own way."
Here is what Kelly from Chicago had to say:
"The camaraderie is great and the SummitClimb guides are great team-builders."
These photos were taken on our recent successful trek. Photos in slideshow: David Lepagne, Guntis Brands, Andrew Brash, Tunc Findik, Ryan Waters, & Samuli Mansikka. For caption information, please visit our Cho Oyu Basecamp Trek photo gallery.
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Recent News: Our recent Cho Oyu Expedition has just returned from the mountains and the trip was a huge success. Click here to read news of our expedition, listen to audio dispatches, and view recent photos of the trek and climb. Please also visit our "Archived News" for more stories of past trips.
Below is a detailed list of equipment you need to bring for a Cho Oyu Basecamp Trek and at the bottom is a description of team equipment that we bring for you. (Click Link below to go directly to that section of the personal equipment list or just scroll down):
Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags.back to top
2 pr. cotton socks;
1 pr. sandals for use in hotel;
2 pr. med. polypropylene thermal socks;
1 pr. sturdy, 100% leather, top-quality trekking boots with good ankle support ("broken-in" please);
1 pr. trainers, lightweight running shoes for trekking on flat, easy trails;
1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 10 degrees F);
At least 1 closed cell foam kari-mats. We do not recommend inflatable mats, as we have never seen one not puncture. You can buy these non inflatable mats very inexpensively in Kathmandu. Why carry foam mats around the world, when you can purchase them inexpensively in Kathmandu?
Your sleeping bags should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags. back to top
Rucksack and Travel Bags-
1 medium backpack (40-60 liters, can be used for airplane carry);
1 large kit-travel bag with lock (80-100 liters for checked bag);back to top
1 bar soap/1 small towel;
female or male hygiene supplies;
1 set earplugs;
Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no doctor's prescription.
1 bottle water-treatment tablets;
2 tubes lip sun cream, 1 tube skin sun cream (min.factor 15);
1 skin blister repair kit;
1 bottle anti-diarrhea pills;
1 bottle anti-headache pills;
1 bottle cough and/or cold medicine;
1 small bottle stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.;
Do not bring sleeping pills. They are a respiratory depressant.back to top
On the trek we supply plenty of food for you and cook 3 hot meals each day. This food will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our sherpas will be carrying this food to the higher camps.
We ask each member to bring their own imported daily snack and energy foods. We do not provide cold “snack” food such as chocolate or "energy-bars". We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold energy food, 2 kilos/4 pounds, is a good amount. A growing variety of imported foods such as European and American cheeses, chocolates, biscuits, cookies, nuts, and locally made power-bars are now available in Kathmandu, at realistic prices. However, imported power bars, GU, re-hydration drinks, dehydrated food, "freeze-dried meals", imported cheese and sausage are not available. If you want these items, you must bring them from your home country.Many of our members, especially Britons, Europeans, and Australians with tiny baggage allowances, now purchase their daily snacks in Kathmandu. Our schedule in Kathmandu allows plenty of time for shopping.
1 pr. glacier sunglasses (with side shields). For eyeglass wearers, prescription glacier glasses are best and are available inexpensively in Kathmandu with your prescription for just $40. Please order in advance if you are interested;
extra prescription glasses , contact lens supplies. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency. A new pair could be quickly made in Kathmandu for just $20. Please order in advance if you are interested;
Dollars, Pounds or Euros cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts;
Credit cards (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc;
Please be sure and bring your patience and try to keep an open, relaxed, positive and friendly attitude as travelling in this part of the world may be very different than what you are used to, but things always seem to fall into place at the last moment. Thank you.
This is not an exhaustive list. Please submit other equipment concerns and suggestions. Thank you. back to top
We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: trekking tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. Please see the group EQUIPMENT link, in the menu bars above to study what we bring for your use and safety. back to top